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A Survey on the Treatment of Sports Injury Patients: Focusing on Ankle Sprain
스포츠 손상 환자 치료 현황 조사: 발목 염좌를 중심으로
Korean J Acupunct 2018;35:174-186
Published online December 27, 2018;
© 2018 Society for Meridian and Acupoint.

Dohyung Ha1 , Jiyoon Won2 , Se In Jang3 , Hyangsook Lee4 , Song-Yi Kim5
하도형1, 원지윤2, 장세인3, 이향숙4, 김송이5

1Department of Medical Science of Meridian, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University/Department of Acupucture & Moxibustion Medicine, Bundang Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, 2Department of Science in Korean Medicine, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, 3Society of Sports Korean Medicine, 4Acupuncture and Meridian Science Research Center, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, 5College of Korean Medicine, Gachon University
1경희대학교 대학원 경락의과학과/분당자생한방병원 침구과, 2경희대학교 대학원 기초한의과학과, 3대한스포츠한의학회, 4경희대학교 침구경락융합연구센터, 5가천대학교 한의과대학
Correspondence to: Song-Yi Kim
College of Korean Medicine, Gachon University, 1342 Seongnam-daero, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam 13120, Korea
Tel: +82-31-750-8826, Fax: +82-31-750-8854, E-mail:
Received September 12, 2018; Revised November 8, 2018; Accepted November 15, 2018.
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives : The aim of this survey was to investigate the general characteristics of sports injury patients in Korean medical institutions by Korean Medicine Doctors (KMDs) and the treatment patterns of Korean medicine for ankle sprain which is one of the common sports injuries. 
Methods : An online survey was conducted on KMDs interested in sports injuries to assess their experience and perception of sports injuries including diagnosis, intervention, and treatment plan for ankle sprain. 
Results : A total of 276 KMDs participated in the survey. They answered that 12% (median, range 0∼80%) of patients visiting a Korean medical institution had sports injuries. Sports injuries frequently occur in the ankle, back, shoulder, knee, and elbow and the most common sports injury was sprain/strain. Many participants were aware that sports injuries should be treated differently from other musculoskeletal diseases in general. They reported that confirmation of fracture, swelling, and tenderness was essential to diagnose ankle sprains. Acupuncture was the most commonly used treatment and reported to need 2 to 6 weeks of treatment period, depending on the severity. 
Conclusions : Based on the findings regarding treatment of sports injury patients by KMDs, this study would be utilized as basic information for pragmatic clinical research design related to sports medicine in the future.
Keywords: Ankle sprain, Korean medicine, Sports injury, Sports medicine

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